Winter storm to trigger ‘widespread hazardous journey’ this week

The Nationwide Climate Service (NWS) is warning drivers to plan forward for a big scale winter storm anticipated to influence journey in a big portion of the U.S. this week.

The NWS has issued an alert for “Widespread Hazardous Journey from the West to the Nice Lakes” anticipated to final by means of by means of Friday.

From the NWS journey alert:

A number of climate methods will stretch impacts from Coast to Coast. Heavy snow to low elevations within the West will prolong throughout the Intermountain West to the Nice Lakes. Sturdy winds will prolong throughout the West and Southwest with important fireplace climate threats within the South Excessive Plains. Sturdy thunderstorms and damaging winds within the Mid-Atlantic. 

Snowfall quantities of 1 to 2 ft are anticipated for a lot of the mountain ranges throughout the West, with larger quantities potential in some areas.

Heavy snow can be anticipated within the Northern Plains and Higher Midwest because the week continues.

From the NWS:

An axis of heavy snow may even broaden eastward throughout the Northern Plains and into the Higher Midwest/Nice Lakes and Inside Northeast/New England Tuesday-Wednesday as a robust low stress system organizes within the lee of the Rockies and strikes northeastward throughout the Plains/Midwest. Some places throughout the Higher Midwest/Nice Lakes may have solely a really transient reprieve from a clipper system exiting the area earlier than this subsequent spherical of heavy snow strikes in. There’s a excessive chance of snow totals over 8″ entrance South Dakota eastward by means of southern Minnesota, northern Wisconsin, and the Higher Peninsula/northern Decrease Peninsula of Michigan. Regionally larger totals of 1-2 ft are potential, significantly throughout southern Minnesota. Heavy snow charges of 1-2″ per hour and gusty winds producing areas of blowing snow will result in treacherous, potentailly unimaginable journey situations and potential energy outages. Heavier snow totals of 8-12″ are additionally probably for larger elevations within the Inside Northeast together with the Adirondacks and the Inexperienced and White Mountains, with lighter accumulations of round 2-4 inches at decrease elevations throughout Upstate New York and central New England. A heavy wintry mixture of snow, sleet, and freezing rain is anticipated alongside the southern finish of the snow axis throughout the Higher Mississippi Valley and into the Decrease Nice Lakes. Ice accumulations of 0.1-0.25″, domestically larger, are potential.

Moreover, within the West and Excessive Plains, “very sturdy, gusty winds of 50-60 mph, domestically as excessive as 80 mph” are anticipated on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Thunderstorms and potential flooding are additionally predicted throughout the Midwest and Plains late Tuesday evening into Wednesday.

Comply with the U.S. Nationwide Climate Service for the newest updates on the winter storm.

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